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Office for Research
Creating New Knowledge
Letter from VPR Walsh on the Effects of Sequestration
As many of you now know, the deadline to avoid the federal budget sequestration was Friday, March 1st. No deal was struck in DC so the mandated budget cuts have started to take place.
In brief, defense discretionary spending (including defense R&D) will be cut 7.8% and domestic discretionary spending (including non-defense R&D) will be cut 5.1% for FY13; unless a new deal is struck, sequestration cuts will continue to impact future budgets for the next decade.
What we know thus far follows:
Northwestern's President, Office for Research and Government Relations Office continue to advocate directly for the importance of research to our nation's future in Washington DC.
On July 17, 2013 the National Science Foundation issued Important Notice 133A, an update to its Notice 133 which explained the impact of Sequestration on NSF operations for the remainder of the current fiscal year. The key information from the update is:
You may recall that the original Notice 133 indicated that 1000 fewer new awards would be issued this year.
The entire Important Notice 133A is at
We have found that the following web site offers good links to agency plans. http://www.srainternational.org/sra03/template/tntbAB.cfm?id=5632
Finally, please feel free to share this email and any other information that we disseminate with staff who may be concerned about how sequestration may affect them.
This is a dynamic and uncertain situation. I certainly wish that I had more specific information to share; but naturally, as we hear significant up-dates, I will see that such information is made available.
Joseph T. Walsh
Vice President for Research
Office for Research 633 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60208-1108 | 847-491-2101
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